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is kenya's democracy in crisis?


we ask kenya's raila odinga about running for president again and debate whether the syrian opposition lost the war.






the latest: diplomats in kenya hail democracy in vote ruling


the latest on kenya's presidential election court challenge (all times local):






kenyatta: nullification of my election a blow to democracy


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s president says the nullification of his re-election is a blow to the democratic ideals kenyans fought for, describing it “as a judicial coup.” kenyatta spoke to supporters thursday, a day after the supreme court gave its detailed judgment on why it invalidated the august presidential poll. the court said the […]






kenya cleared for direct flights to the us after a decade


nairobi, kenya (ap) — the u.s. federal aviation administration says kenya has complied with international safety standards and can have direct flights to the u.s. after waiting for more than a decade. the faa in a statement thursday said kenya has received a category 1 rating under the agency’s international aviation safety assessment program. with […]






kenya court nullifies president’s win, calls for new vote


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s supreme court on friday nullified president uhuru kenyatta’s election win last month and called for new elections within 60 days, shocking a country that had been braced for further protests by opposition supporters. no kenya presidential election has ever been nullified. “it’s a very historic day for the people of […]






rains awaited in kenya’s east to ease land conflict


nairobi, kenya (ap) — herders and large-scale farmers in parts of kenya’s rift valley are desperately waiting for seasonal rains to ease the prolonged drought and the current conflict over grazing land in which more than 30 people have died. kenya’s military and police have been working for a month to disarm and drive the […]






kenya court quashes government order to close refugee p


nairobi, kenya (ap) — a kenyan court ruled thursday that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee p and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn somalia. kenya’s internal security minister had abused his power by ordering the closure by may of dadaab refugee p, in eastern kenya, judge john mativo said. […]






why did kenya's supreme court annul the elections?


in the face of international pressure to ignore flagrant electoral violations, the court decided to stick to democracy.






ap explains: how kenya’s drought has turned into violence


nairobi, kenya (ap) — the shooting of a novelist and conservationist in kenya has drawn attention to the violent tensions between landowners and herders who are trying to keep their animals alive in a widespread drought. kuki gallmann was shot in the stomach while assessing buildings that had been burned by arsonists the day before. […]






will election annulment strengthen kenya's democracy?


supreme court decision to declare last month's presidential election result 'null and void' is unprecedented in africa.






al-shabab kill chief in kenya's north; 2 police missing


a kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-shabaab islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in kenya's north that left two kenya police reservists missing






dangerous flaws in the structure of our government could lead to our undoing


if american democracy these days is in crisis, the structure of our government is part of the problem. this goes beyond the issues that have led some foreign observers to describe us a “flawed democracy.” our system may be democratic in certain respects, but in other ways it is profoundly anti-democ...






british man shot to death in kenya during ranch invasion


nairobi, kenya (ap) — a british man was shot to death by pastoral herders in central kenya who have been invading large farms, some of which double as wildlife conservation areas, officials said sunday. rancher tristan voorspuy was shot sometime after going to inspect some of his lodges, which had been burned by the attackers […]






kenya bans plastic bags, may fine violators up to $38,000


nairobi, kenya (ap) — a ban on plastic bags came into force monday in kenya and those found violating the new regulation could be receive maximum fines of $38,000 or a four-year jail term. the ban applies to the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic shopping bags and gives a minimum fine of about $19,000 […]






watch: trump faces awkward silence at un as his socialism joke bombs


president donald trump criticized the collapse of democracy in venezuela during his tuesday address to the united nations. “i ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. we call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedom...






group warns that kenya may use cybersecurity surveillance


nairobi, kenya (ap) — the kenyan government is rushing to set up systems to increase cybersecurity, but it may also be using the opportunity to increase surveillance as the country prepares for presidential elections next month, an international group promoting the right to privacy said wednesday. kenya’s national intelligence service has strategic and operational influence […]






the latest: kenya opposition supporters celebrate ruling


the latest on kenya's presidential election court challenge (all times local):






us envoy urges global action on worsening venezuela crisis


u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley is urging the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in venezuela, where she says "people are starving while their government tramples their democracy."






kenyatta: nullification of my election a blow to democracy


kenya's president says the nullification of his re-election is a blow to the democratic ideals kenyans fought for, describing it "as a judicial coup."






kenya: electoral body defies court in presidential petition


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s opposition says the country’s electoral commission has declined to give it access to its servers even after an order to do so from the supreme court. the leader of the opposition coalition, raila odinga, is challenging the re-election this month of president uhuru kenyatta, arguing that 54 percent of the […]






odinga: kenya's presidential vote results 'manipulated'


presidential hopeful praises top court's decision to order kenya's fresh election after claims of manipulation.






kenya: at least 10 missing after nairobi building collapses


nairobi, kenya (ap) — witnesses and officials in kenya say an eight-story building has collapsed in a low-income area of nairobi. nairobi police chief japheth koome tuesday that at least 10 people had been reported missing after the collapse monday night. hailey akinyi, a resident in an adjacent building who witnessed the collapse, said three […]






kenya officials say fresh presidential polls on oct. 17


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s electoral commission has announced that fresh presidential elections will be held on oct. 17. the chairman of the electoral commission, wafula chebukati, issued a statement monday saying that the new elections will be in just over 40 days following the supreme court’s ruling last week to nullify the results of […]






kenya opposition leader briefly hospitalized for dehydration


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s main opposition candidate has been briefly hospitalized for dehydration caused by suspected food poisoning less than a month before the general election. raila odinga has been discharged from a hospital in no. 2 city mombasa and he arrived early monday in the capital, nairobi, on a medical plane, according to […]






ap explains: how kenya's drought has turned into violence


the shooting of a novelist and conservationist in kenya has drawn attention to the violent tensions between landowners and herders who are trying to keep their animals alive in a widespread drought.






kenya opposition leader briefly hospitalized for dehydration


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s main opposition candidate has been briefly hospitalized for dehydration after being checked for suspected food poisoning less than a month before the general election. raila odinga has been discharged from a hospital in no. 2 city mombasa and he arrived early monday in the capital, nairobi, on a medical plane, […]






'24: legacy' producers apologize for using kenya attack video


the executive producers of the new fox television series "24: legacy" apologized thursday for using video of a terror attack at a kenya mall that killed 67 people. the video of the september 2013 attack on westgate mall in kenya's capital was used to depict a fictional terror attack in egypt in...






kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee p


nairobi, kenya (ap) — a kenyan court ruled thursday that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee p and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn somalia, a decision that eases pressure on somalis who feared the p would close by the end of may. kenya’s internal security minister abused his power […]






kenya: at least 10 missing after nairobi building collapses


nairobi, kenya (ap) — an eight-story building has collapsed in a low-income area of nairobi and 10 people are missing, witnesses and officials in kenya said tuesday. the collapse occurred late monday night, nairobi police chief japheth koome said. police fired tear gas after residents angered by the slow deployment of government rescuers hurled stones […]






kenya’s opposition urges reform of electoral commission


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s opposition leader raila odinga says the coalition he leads will hold nationwide campaigns to push for reforms of the electoral commission before the fresh presidential elections next month. odinga has maintained he will not participate in the new election ordered by the supreme court when it nullified president uhuru kenyatta’s […]






’24:legacy’ producers apologize for using kenya attack video


nairobi, kenya (ap) — the executive producers of the new fox series “24: legacy” are apologizing for using footage from a terror attack at a kenya mall that killed 67 people. a statement thursday from evan katz and manny coto says “we regretfully included news footage of an attack in nairobi. it will be removed […]






kenya’s public doctors to end 100-day strike that saw deaths


nairobi, kenya (ap) — thousands of doctors at kenya’s public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike that saw people dying from lack of care, an official with the doctors’ union said tuesday. the strike was blamed for dozens of deaths, as the majority of kenyans cannot afford private health care. the government and […]






kenya faces ethnic tensions as fresh vote approaches


nairobi, kenya (ap) — as gunfire and screams rang out in her nairobi neighborhood after last month’s disputed presidential election, lucy anyango stepped outdoors and across a tense ethnic divide. the member of kenya’s luo minority went to her friend sheila kariuki, an ethnic kikuyu, and walked kariuki’s two daughters to the safety of her […]






utah muslim leader barred from entering the us after trip to kenya — despite bei


yussuf awadir abdi, a salt lake city imam and american citizen, is stranded in kenya after being denied entry to the united states, the salt lake tribune reports. abdi was barred from boarding a flight from kenya’s jomo kenyatta international airport, where he was returning to the united states with...






suspected militants kill 2 police in attack on kenyan church


nairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya’s police say two officers were killed when gunmen attacked them at a church they were guarding by kenya’s indian ocean coast. coast police chief larry kieng said sunday gunmen on a motorcycle shot the two officers, killing one on the spot and the other died of injuries at a hospital. […]